Don LeRoy Fauser, 85, of Elgin, Iowa died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, Iowa. He was born May 29, 1928 to Paul and Helen (Wilbur) Fauser in Oelwein, Iowa. Don graduated from Oelwein with the Class of 1946 where he served as senior class president. He was extremely proud to serve his country in the United State Marine Corps. Don was united in marriage with Dorothy Torkelson on July 24, 1949 at West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa. Eight children were born to this union.
Don founded Fauser Oil in March, 1950, beginning with a single service station in Elgin, Iowa. Don’s DX was the beginning of his career in petroleum. Later, in the 70’s, the business was expanded to include a wholesale fuel division that is now known as Fauser Energy Resources. Fauser Energy has grown to have a marketing presence in a 12-state area throughout the upper Midwest. Don served on the Petroleum Marketers of Iowa Board of Directors for 10 years, acting as president for two years, and was a leader in the industry. While serving on the board, he was instrumental in forging the association’s long-term alliance with Camp Courageous, a respite care facility for individuals with disabilities, a cause that stayed very close to Don’s heart.
Don was also very active in the school and community. He served on the Valley School Board as President and was the voice of Valley football games for 58 years. Don was a member of the Elgin Lutheran Church, Elgin Lion’s Club, the Elgin American Legion and Community Club, a supporter of the Elgin Medical Clinic and a founding sponsor of the Fayette County Pheasants Forever. Don attended Dale Carnegie Leadership training and was an accomplished public speaker.
Don enjoyed flying (as a licensed pilot, trips in his Cessna were a high-lite when the kids were young), his horses and dogs on the ‘hill‘, hunting, fishing, sports (esp. his Iowa Hawkeyes), cooking/grilling, cards (continuing to rule the family pfeffer tournaments), watching the wild life in his back yard, many friends and especially his family, which was always the center of his heart.
Don is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Dorothy of Elgin; five children, Paul (Kendra) Fauser of Elgin, Becky (Bob Strong) Mathews of Elgin, Jill (Dave) Strong of Freeport, Illinois, Lisa Wedo of Elgin and Lori (Rod) Marlatt of Elgin; thirteen grandchildren, Robin, Vanessa (Chris), Kirk (Angie), Samantha (Lorenzo), Cody, JoDee (Bernie), Jessica (Danny), Jenny (Chris), Jason (Jen), Josh (Wendy), Joe (Lacey), Michael (Jena) and Mallory (Tim); seventeen great-grandchildren, Spenser, Andrew, Kenlin, Cole, Charlie, Asami, Samantha, Layla, Max, Ozz, Zach (Bethany), Ethan, Ryan, Madison, Maleah, Jaime and Eva, a brother, Harold “Bud” (Bev) Fauser of North Carolina, three sisters-in-law, Delores Everett , Norma Bloomer and Jan Johansen and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, three children, Mark, Kirk and their little angel and a sister, Abbie (Wally) Stolfus.
Visitation will be Friday, November 8, 2013 from 3 – 8 pm at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa and one hour before services at the Valley High School Gymnasium, Elgin, Iowa on Saturday.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Valley High School Gymnasium, Elgin, Iowa.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa with Military Rites by the Elgin American Legion Post #352.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.